Visit El Salvador

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Take a virtual vacation to El Salvador!

The Facts

El Salvador is the abbreviated name of the country, its’ official name is The Republic of El Salvador.  Interestingly, El Salvador is both the smallest and the most densely populated country in Central America.

Geography

From El Salvador, you can travel to northeast border and arrive at Honduras. A trip to the northwest border will land you in Guatemala. Head south to the Southern Border of El Salvador and you will find your toes submerged in the Pacific Ocean’s cool waters. The capital city is San Salvador which is also its’ largest city.

In regards to population, El Salvador has a population of approximately 6.42 million (2018). And, within that population you will find that the majority of the people are of European and Native American descent.

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Here’s a list of some of the places that we’ll take a peek at in this post. The location list included:

  • San Miguel
  • Volcan Chaparrastique
  • Puerta del Diablo
  • San Salvador
  • Arambala
  • El Rebalse Yayantique
  • Laguna de Apastepeque
  • Metapan
  • Santa Ana
  • Puerto de la Libertad

Fun Fact

El Salvador means “The Savior”. The name was given by a conquistador by the name of Pedro de Alvarado. He named the new province in honor of Jesus Christ.

16 Places to Visit in El Salvador

San Miguel 

San Miguel is a city in eastern El Salvador. In terms of population, it ranks third in the country. It is situated about 85 miles east of the capital, San Salvador. In 2017, the population was around 520,000. In 1655, a volcanic eruption almost destroyed the entire city. San Miguel has been an important center of the agriculture, textile and chemical industries of El Salvador. you will also see the results of significant private investments in hospitals and shopping malls within the San Miguel.

Volcan Chaparrastique 

The Volcán Chaparrastique is a stratovolcano about 9 miles outside of the city of San Miguel to the southwest. It erupted on January 16, 2002, for 3 hours but didn’t cause any real damage to life or property. It erupted again 11 years later on December 29, 2013. This time, spewing of ash and smoke into the sky prompted the evacuation of thousands of people. Mostly, those living in a 2 mile radius around the volcano.

Puerta del Diablo 

Panchimalco (“The Place of Flags and Shields,” from the Nahuatl, “Pantli,” meaning banner or flag; “Chimalli,” meaning shield or herald, and “co,” place) is Its 35,000 inhabitants, sometimes called “Panchos,” are descendants of Pipil Indians fleeing the Spanish takeover of San Salvador during the 16th century, into areas originally inhabited by Mayan and Nahuatl peoples. Nearby attractions include the town of Los Planes de Renderos, a lookout post where there are views of San Salvador and the valley; the “Puerta del Diablo” (Devil’s Gate) rock formation and Balboa Park, a green retreat also overlooking San Salvador.

San Salvador 

San Salvador (“Holy Savior”) is the capital and the most populous city of El Salvador. It is the political, cultural, educational and financial center of the country. Travelers to San Salvador will find a major metropolitan area with a population of around 2 and a half million people! San Salvador is truly a global city. It’s not just a financial hub of El Salvador, it is a financial hub of all of Central America.

San Salvador is located in the Salvadoran highlands and is surrounded by volcanoes. The area is also prone to earthquakes. You’ll find people of virtually all religions and faiths there. Notably, San Salvador has been the host city for various regional and international sporting, political, and social events.

Arambala 

Arambala is a very small town located in the Morazon Department of El Salvador. The projected population was around 1,745 in 2017. It covers a total area of about 70 miles. Around 1824, it became part of the department of San Miguel and, later, in 1875 Morazán. In October 1887, a rural school in the Pueblo Viejo Valley which was confirmed. A teacher was authorized who would have the salary of ten pesos a month.

El Rebalse Yayantique 

Yayantique is a municipality in the La Unión department of El Salvador. It was populated in 1000 A.D. by the Lenca Tribes becoming a town in 1543. Yayantique means “Cerro de los Capulines” (Hill of the Cocoons). Visitors to Yayantique will enjoy the warm tropical climate typical to Central America. The Yayantique economy is based on livestock and agriculture.

Laguna de Apastepeque 

Laguna de Apastepeque or “Apastepeque Lake” is located in the Apastepeque municipality of El Salvador. Travelers will find this lake about 30 miles or so east of San Salvador. A good sized town, there are approximately 10,000 residents. Apastepeque is known for its fiestas and cultural traditions throughout the year, starting in January with Fiesta de los Moros, in May, Santa Rita’s festivities, in July the patron Santiago, and in December, the annual Christmas carnaval.

Metapan 

The city of Metapán sits on the San Jose River. It’s a little under 29 miles due north from Santa ana city. The name Metapan means “River of The Maguey”. Metapan is historically known for iron ore production and has had up to three furnaces for smelting iron. A center for production, Metapan was producing 150 tons of iron per year back in 1850.

Santa Ana 

Santa Ana is the second largest city in El Salvador. The only larger dity is the capital city of San Salvador. It is positioned around 40 miles northwest of there. It’s a good sized city with a population of approximately 374,830 in 2017. Here, you will find a major processing center for El Salvador’s huge coffee bean industry. If you want to learn about Salvadoran culture and traditions, Santa Ana is a great place to do it! It is a popular tourist destination. There are a number of green hills surrounding Santa Ana including the highest volcano in El Salvador, the Ilamatepec volcano.

Puerto de la Libertad 

La Libertad means “Liberty”. El Puerto de La Libertad (The Port of La Libertad) is said to be one of the most representative tourist destinations in El Salvador. The population was around 36,000 inhabitants in 2007. Travelers will find a resort which includes; a boardwalk, restaurants and an amphitheater. Small seafood markets and craft shops can be found on the wharf. For surfers, La Libertad is said to have one of the best right hand point breaks in Central America, and is the surf capital of El Salvador.

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